10 Tips to Increase Your Job Satisfaction

You Can Combat Your Feelings of Weariness With These Activities

Are you weary? No matter how much you love your job, love your employer, and love your life, sometimes you just feel weary. In recent years, work has expanded as fewer employees work harder and longer.

Employer expectations have escalated as competition increased. The pace of change is relentless and growing. You struggle to maintain a work-life balance while increasing your job satisfaction and efficacy. These ten tips will help you combat weariness.

01
Do Something That You Love Every Day

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Nothing overcomes weary and increases job satisfaction like doing something that you love to do every day.

Discover small things about your job that make you happy. Make sure that these activities or tasks are on your agenda every day. Hard pressed to find something that you love to do at work?

Make sure you combat that weary feeling with an external activity to balance this lack. But, certainly, there is something that you can identify that you love to do on your job.

02
Hang Out With Positive Coworkers

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Nothing will impact your job satisfaction and make you weary faster than hanging out with people who wallow in a sea of negativity. There is plenty to make you weary in every job and workplace.

Why spend your time with people or groups that you know will only make you feel worst – about yourself and your job.

Schedule a conference room for lunch if the lunchroom overflows with dissatisfaction. Or, confront your coworkers with your desire to create a more positive environment to increase everyone’s job satisfaction.

Hang out with the coworkers who share your positive outlook; the others will only bring you down. Don’t go there.

03
Eat a Light, Nutritious Lunch to Combat Weary Feelings

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Nothing makes you feel as weary as a heavy, stomach busting lunch. The excess food makes you tired and sluggish when you need a second wind for afternoon effectiveness.

Drinking at lunch – does anyone drink at lunch anymore? – is equally affecting. To battle weary feelings, bring healthy snacks to nibble on to maintain energy all day long and eat a light lunch.

04
Do Something That You Are Good at Every Day

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Nothing makes you feel better than to competently perform a task or create a desired outcome. Combat your weary feelings by doing something that you excel at doing every day.

Success breeds more success and employees who are pushed or who push themselves to achieve and excel, experience increased self-confidence and self-esteem.

It's a welcome employee satisfaction and employee engagement cycle. Do what you do well - do well - experience the joy of doing well. Repeat every day.

05
Develop a Supportive Relationship With Your Boss

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You're in charge of your relationship with your boss. No one will ever share as much concern as you do that the quality of the relationship helps you achieve your goals.

At the same time, your boss has information that you need to succeed. He can't do his job or accomplish his goals without your help. So, your manager shares a critical interdependence with you.

If you don't accomplish your work, your manager will never shine for his or her overall responsibilities. You won't progress without the information, perspective, experience, and support of your manager.

Feeling weary? Sit down with your boss for interaction and feedback. Looking for more job satisfaction? Negotiate deliverables and outcomes with your boss. Need resources? Ask.

06
Become an Instigator: a Force for Change

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Know something that makes you weary at work and subtracts from your job satisfaction? Do something about it. Work with your manager to eliminate the culprit from your job. Maybe another employee would enjoy the activity or task.

Ask for expanded and enriched job responsibilities. Consider a transfer to expand your knowledge, experience, and options.

Join the activity committee to plan fun and motivating workplace events. No activity committee? Start one. Join a work-sponsored sports team. What, no team? Start one.

How about brown bag lunches or employee lunch and learns? Every workplace would benefit. Want to read and discuss recent business books? Start a book club at work.

Combat weary by instigating workplace events and work processes that add to employee job satisfaction - your own and others.

07
Ban Weary: Create Positive Job Satisfaction

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On some level, you are responsible for feeling weary. Right? But, get over that quickly. The more important pursuit is how to prevent weary feelings and create job satisfaction for yourself. You can combat that weary feeling by creating a workplace that soothes your spirit and enriches your life.

Your workplace can teem with laughter and humor. At Zappos, many employees make $10-12.00 an hour, but they build a culture for employees that makes work fun and exciting. They appreciate employees in countless ways that make employees excited to come to work.

You can do this for yourself, too. Feeling blue? Take a quick break. Bored? Pick up a task you like to do. Feeling neglected? Seek out a fun coworker at the break. Feel like an underachiever who never does anything right?

Combat that weary feeling: make a list of everything you've accomplished this week. You'll be amazed. Combat every weary feeling with a positive, uplifting task, emotion, or behavior.

08
Overcome Procrastination to Increase Job Satisfaction

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Hear that whooshing sound? It's the sound of your plans and dreams, your hopes and schemes, your goals and resolutions passing by as you wallow in the quagmire of procrastination. Don't sink there.

Nothing adds to weary like the little voice in your head that is not happy because you're not completing work you promised, by deadlines required. The anthem grows louder when you attempt to drown out the voice with excuses and blames.

Whatever the reason for your procrastination, it is one of the worst work habits that negatively impact job satisfaction. In fact, you can spend more time on excuses and blame, and new resolutions and promises to yourself, then you do on completing the task.

Combat feelings of weary with contribution and fulfillment, not procrastination and excuses. That cycle would make anyone weary.

09
Take Frequent Small Breaks at Work to Combat Weary Feelings

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Stretch your legs, do desk exercises, walk around the office. Break up the strain of sitting or standing in one place all day long. Take deep breaths and use stretching time to think and plan.

Squeezing a small ball or putty in your hand is surprisingly relaxing and keeps your fingers nimble for typing. Just walking around the office will make you feel better.

Have something you need to share with a coworker? Instead of IMing or emailing, walk over and talk. Just walking around the office will make you feel better. And, periodic, positive face-to-face communication is uplifting.

10
Achieve a Couple of Goals Every Day to Increase Job Satisfaction

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Nothing picks up weary like a feeling of accomplishment. Break your big departmental and personal goals down into manageable pieces that you can accomplish in a day.

Checking the accomplishments off on your daily list will put a spring in your feet and joy in your heart. You deserve to feel as if you accomplished and contributed every day.